Archive for Funding the Arts

“SNOWBOUND” Lisa M. Robinson’s project now posted on MediaStorm.org

In the fall of 2009, Wendy Watriss, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of FotoFest commissioned MediaStorm to create a piece on Lisa M. Robinson‘s project SNOWBOUND, adding to our understanding of the project and the artist, and allowing access to the work in all its digital glory.

The piece debuted during the FotoFest Biennial‘s 2010 workshop program, where Brian taught a one-day seminar.  Lisa was present as well, and the question and answer period with the audience was memorable.  It was interesting for both she and Brian to reach into each other’s worlds – she into multimedia storytelling, and Brian into bringing a fine art project to life on the screen, audio and visual combined.   To see the SNOWBOUND project, visit Lisa’s website here. To see the MediaStorm film on the project, visit MediaStorm here. And to view an “Epilogue” interview with Lisa, click here.   Thank you Wendy Watriss and FotoFest, Lisa and the entire creative team at MediaStorm!

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Deadline: June 17th Gift of Gift of’s Call for Entries

From a Gift of Gift of (gogo) e-blast:

“MISSION STATEMENT: Gift of gift of’s mission is to offer young art patrons an egalitarian opportunity to impact large collecting institutions and to aid emerging artists at a critical point in their careers.

ABOUT US: Each year, gift of gift of (gogo) hosts an event that pools together the money of its attendees to purchase works by emerging photographers and then offer them to large collecting institutions as a donation
from “gift of gift of.” This year‟s purchased artworks will be offered to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Event attendees receive a set number of votes with the purchase of event tickets. Attendees then vote on which of
the exhibited artworks they think should become part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston‟s permanent collection. Those artworks with the highest number of votes will be purchased with the pooled funds.
Therefore, the number of artworks purchased varies based on event attendance.

gogo’s events introduce young collectors to young artists;
gogo gives the gift of exposure to emerging artists;
gogo gives the gift of discovering works to young patrons;
gogo gives the gift of new artwork to chosen collecting institutions.

CALENDAR
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS NOTIFICATION: FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2010
ACCEPTED WORK TO BE RECEIVED: FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010
gift of gift of VOTE NIGHT AND PARTY: SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must submit only digital image files of original artwork they have produced. Images representing artwork produced by other artists will not be accepted. The photographs submitted for
consideration must be priced at $250.00 USD or less. Photographs priced higher will not be accepted. Photographs larger than 30 x 40 inches will not be considered.

RULES FOR ENTRY:
Works are accepted based on information in your entry form; any deviation from the application in medium, dimensions, or format is not permitted. A maximum of 10 digital image files (jpegs, max 300 ppi resolution, 1600 x 1600 pixels maximum) may be submitted. The maximum size for total entry should not exceed 20MB. Only one work per artist may be selected. Slides and/or prints will not be accepted as submission material.
Number/name each entry to correspond with the submitted entry form. All image titles should be labeled with your last name. (Example: 1_LASTNAME_TITLE_YEAR.jpg, 2_LASTNAME_TITLE_YEAR.jpg, etc.)
Entrants must also submit an artist statement as well as resume/bio in conjunction with the images submitted.

NOTIFICATION OF PARTICIPATION: Artists will be notified via email with a request to participate by June 29, 2010. Gogo retains the right to not accept any selected work that differs from the work submitted.

LIABILITY & AGREEMENT: Gogo cannot be responsible for damage or loss during transit. Gogo retains the right to display and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition/event for publicity and promotional purposes. Exhibiting artists pay for shipping/transportation to gogo. Please do not ship work with packaging „peanuts.‟ Due to gogo’s limited budget it asks that artists consider sending accepted artwork ready to hang. Submitted works will be juried by this year‟s gogo selection committee. Gift of gift of 2010 exhibition will feature no more than 20 artworks. Your entry constitutes understanding and agreement with the conditions outlined in this prospectus.

To get more information or to download the entry form, click here.

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June 12: Project 5 Special Reception and Fundraiser JD Gallery Venice

From a P5 mailer:

“Special Reception and Fundraiser for Project 5!

When: Saturday, June 12th, 2010 7-10p.m.

Where: The Julia Dean Gallery at 801 Ocean Front Walk, Venice CA 90291

Project 5 spans five years, over which five photography auctions will be held to fund five socially concerned pohtographic projects, each documented by a team of talented photojournalists.

The first (silent) auction was held at the Stephen Cohen Gallery on Feb. 20, 2010. On the walls hung 108 photographs reflecting 108 talented photographers. It was a wonderful night and we raised enough money to conclude the child labor project (the first of five in Project 5).  At the end of the night, there were 36 outstanding photographs remaining. These 36 prints will be hanging at our special reception. ALL FRAMED PRINTS WILL BE $300 OR LESS! (You can take your print home that night.) Our goal is to raise money toward year 2 of Project 5. For more information: http://Photo4Change.org

-June 12th is also World Day Agaist Child Labor. Ending child labor is the topic of P5’s first documentary project.

- There will be an additional reception and exhibit opening in our second gallery, featuring work by participants on the Buenos Aires/Uruguay travel workshop.”

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BARNSTORM 2010: The Eddie Adams Workshop deadline extended to June 4 for applications

The 23rd annual Eddie Adams Workshop will be held October 8-11, 2010 in Jeffersonville New York, and is tuition-free for those accepted.

From the website:

“The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios.”

You must be a current students, a working photographer with less than three years of professional experience, or active military to apply.  Attending this workshop affords an incredible glimpse into the world of working with your camera, meet your peers and have an invaluable dialogue with industry professionals.  Good luck to all who apply!

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NEW! PUBLISHING WORKSHOP with MVS and Darius Himes: June 20-26 in Santa Fe

My colleague Darius Himes and I are busy preparing to teach a one-week workshop on publishing.  It will be an in-depth look at the process of publishing a book of your photographs, from clarifying your concept, researching appropriate publishers, creating a publication proposal, and interpreting contracts.  At that point, if you are not happy with the offer you may wish to consider self-publishing, so we will compare and contrast the issues surrounding ‘to be published or self-publish.’  Our lectures will then address the process of editing, design, pre-press… and creating a marketing strategy for your book, including planning for in-person and web launch, and related exhibition(s).  We will combine classroom lectures with site visits to book publishers, editors, designers and book sellers, which the Santa Fe community is rich with.  Lastly, each of the participants will have a consultation with Darius and myself to discuss their project.  And, as is always the case with Santa Fe Workshops in the summer, we will have on campus a host of outstanding artists as faculty, including Sam Abell, Christopher James and Arthur Meyerson, all of whom will be giving lectures to the the entire community (faculty lectures on June 21 & 22 are free and open to the public).

If you hope for a book of your photographs in your career, join us!

Registration is limited to 14; several spaces remain open.  Click here to register.   Darius and I look forward to knowing you and your project better!

PS: The weekend of the 18-19-20th is the opening of THE DISSOLVE, the SITE SANTA FE’s 8th International Biennial.  Events include panel discussions, Bill T. Jones performance at the Lensic, and public opening on the afternoon of the 20th prior to the start of our workshop at 6 p.m.

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Deadline: May 31st POYi Emerging Incentive Program

From the Pictures of the Year International website:

“For some it might be a passion, for others an avocation and to a few, maybe a dream not yet accomplished. Now, with the assistance of a new project from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), a program of the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), semi-professional, student, and early-career photographers will have the opportunity to do work of a global significance.

POYi, the oldest photojournalism program in the world, has announced the “POYi Emerging Vision Incentive.” The incentive will fund and showcase documentary work on social issues or political trends by aspiring documentary photographers. The Emerging Vision Incentive recipient will receive up to $10,000 to assist in developing a photo story that reflects daily life, social issues, cultural trends or news events.

“We are excited to be able to provide the environment and inspiration for emerging photographers to do work of worldwide importance,” said Rick Shaw, director of POYi. “We hope this program will help educate and motivate the next generation of social-conscious photojournalists and allow them to explore and expand avenues of publication that are currently unavailable to them.”

In addition to financial assistance, the recipient will have the opportunity to have his or her work displayed at RJI and The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles during their exhibit of winning images from the 67th Annual POYi Competition which opens in June 2010. The Emerging Vision Incentive recipient will also receive a full day of career-development during the annual POYi Education Seminar and Awards Program.

The POYi Emerging Vision Incentive program is made possible through financial support from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Annenberg Foundation. For more information, please download the Emerging Incentive Guide and the Application Form.

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Application deadline MAY 28th to attend the 2010 Eddie Adams Workshop

It is time to gather your materials to submit to the annual Eddie Adams Workshop, “Barnstorm” which is a great learning experience for photographers wishing to have a career with their camera.

Visit http://www.eddieadamsworkshop.com to learn more, read FAQ’s, the work of program alums and more.

Know too that the faculty volunteer their services, most for many years in a row.  It is a great event!

2010 Eddie Adams Workshop: Barnstorm XXIII

You must be a current student, a working photographer with less than 3 years of professional experience, or active military.

The application consists of:

  • A portfolio of up to 20 images
  • A personal statement
  • $45 application fee

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FotoFest 2010 Biennial: it’s a wrap!

Hats off to Wendy Watriss, Fred Baldwin and EVERYONE at FotoFest – staff, guest curators, artists, reviewers, countless volunteers – for their incredible offerings at the 2010 Biennial.  The exhibitions, reviewer at The Meeting Place, and educational programs won’t soon be forgotten!   One look at the calendar of events will convince you that 2012 is not to be missed!

Note that several Biennial exhibitions continue through this month, see this link for FotoFest in April activities.

Visit the FotoFest online store to purchase a copy of the Catalogue of exhibitions – a terrific resource!


Remember too that in addition to the Biennials, FotoFest offers year-round arts and educational programming under the title “LITERACY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY: The FotoFest Writing and Photography Project (LTP).”  FotoFest offered tours of its exhibitions for local schools, and created an educational curriculum with seven lesson plans and CD’s “that explore the role photographers have played and continue to play in shaping, entrenching and challenging assumptions about the social life and culture in the United States.  Students will reflect upon their personal experiences of living in the United States in the fomr of writing and photography while addressing tough issues such as the environment, the economy, race and war.”

To see a sample of the introduction and the first lesson of the My United States Biennial Curriculum, click here.

To visit the Teacher’s Resources page click here.

One of the LTP upcoming offerings:

FOTOFENCE 2010 Opening reception May 9, 2-4 pm

Exhibition runs May 9-19.

“FotoFence is the annual celebration of student artwork, photography and writing from FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography (LTP) Program.

The impact of all that is FotoFest has been felt in Houston for over 25 years – a generation of visual literacy and empowerment!

AND NOW…. PARIS!

FotoFest has announced a FOTOFEST PARIS 2010, a partnership with Lens Culture and Speos to be held just prior to Paris Photo and le Mois de la Photo, making the week of NOVEMBER 15-21 in Paris not to be missed.   Registration will open in May; sign up for the email list on www.fotofest-paris.com See you there!

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On NPR this morning: Art exhibitions at the San Francisco Airport!

I travel by air frequently.  Some of my favorite exhibitions have been on view at airports, and my lectures are always populated with art I have recently seen in airports as an example of venues with a large viewing audience. Among them, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) stands out as one of the best.

This morning NPR featured a wonderful story on art in the airport. I love the fact that they have an educational program in conjunction with their exhibitions, offering a downloadable PDF; check out this one which accompanies the “Woven Legacies” exhibition.

Here is the link to the story on NPR’s Morning Edition today.

Here is the “ABOUT” section of the SFOarts.org website:

“In 1980 the San Francisco Airport Commission entered into a collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to create a museum program at the San Francisco International Airport. After a successful first year, a department (now San Francisco Airport Museums) was established to create exhibitions that would humanize the Airport environment and create an ambience in the Airport that reflects the sophistication and cultural diversity of the City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.

Over the years, this program has grown from modest beginnings in North Terminal (now Terminal 3) to an extensive museum within the Airport. Today, the San Francisco Airport Museums features approximately twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminalsdisplaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation.

San Francisco Airport Museums is the first of its kind in the United States of America and is now a widely imitated model for museums operating in public arenas. In 1999, San Francisco Airport Museums became the first museum in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

Unlike most public arts programs, this program is never static. Exhibitions change throughout the year in an effort to provide an educational and cultural experience for the nearly 30 million passengers who use the Airport annually. Over the years, the Airport’s audience surveys reveal that the exhibitions program ranks high in the top five services that the Airport offers to passengers. The San Francisco Airport Museums has become an integral part of the San Francisco International Airport. Each exhibition is curated specifically for the Airport by a staff of museum professionals who are Airport employees. The exhibitions are an established Airport tradition that attracts visitors from throughout the world.”

In the past, one of the SFO Curators has participated as a Reviewer in the “Our World” event each spring, sponsored by PhotoAlliance.

Do you know the curator at your local airport?  Are they on your mailing list?   They should be!

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Deadline May 7: Call for ARIZONA Photographers for “Picturing Maricopa” Portfolio Submissions

This is a great opportunity for Arizona photographers.  I appreciate their full disclosure of rights sought from those who are commissioned.  Take a look:

From the Piper Trust website:

“Picturing Maricopa 2010″
15 Agencies/15 Photographers

CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
Piper Trust is seeking talented Arizona photographers to take images of Maricopa County nonprofit agencies as part of a community photography project.
Fifteen photographers will be selected by an Advisory Committee (museum photography curator, graphic designer and photography educator) based on the review of special portfolios submitted to Piper Trust.
The project goal is to create photographs that the agencies can use in telling their stories in online and print publications.
An exhibition at Burton-Barr Central Library, Phoenix, featuring approximately 40 photographs from the project, will open in October 2010, followed by a tour of four additional Valley arts venues in 2011.
Commission & Image Rights
* Piper Trust will pay each of the 15 professional* photographers selected compensation of $1,500 for the Picturing Maricopa project work.
* Piper Trust will retain promotional rights to use the images in foundation publications.
* Each participating nonprofit agency will retain promotional rights to use the images produced for the agency to communicate agency services to the public.
* Photographers will retain copyright and use of the photographs for self-promotional purposes. No third party may use the images without prior written agreement. All usage rights are for an unlimited period.
* Appropriate credit will be given to the photographer whenever an image is used.
* For the purpose of the project, “professional” means any individual whose primary living comes from photography – whether as a photo journalist, commercial photographer, artist or photography educator.

Photographer Requirements

1. An interested photographer must provide an online editorial portfolio for review; images should be placed on a single web page with no more than 15 photographs in the gallery. Send online portfolio link to Roberta Lind, rlind@pipertrust.org by May 7. Please also provide mail and email addresses and telephone number.

2. The photographer must agree to the project specifications and timeline.

3. After completion of the photo shoot, the photographer will select and send 12 to 15 digital photographs for exhibition consideration. At the same time, all photos and outtakes should be provided on discs to Piper Trust in both high res and jpeg formats.”

To view the 15 photographers chosen for last years Picturing Maricopa Project, click here.

To get more information about how to enter, click here.

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